WELCOME TO THE TORRES HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY

Kimberlee Thorson

Head Librarian

My Office is in Building A
(559) 416-5909 Ext. 43041 & 43042
kimberleethorson@maderausd.org

Librarian's Message

Welcome to Torres High School Library. Our beautiful library is a great place to look for books, study or connect with friends. We are developing a great collection of bestselling books for teens and young adults. We also have a growing collection of eBooks and digital non-fiction and research resources. I’ve been a high school teacher, a middle school librarian and worn a host of other hats which allow me to help students find books that will spark their curiosity and interests. I’m excited to share this wonderful space with our Toro family!





Library hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm





Find Books to Read in the Torres High School Library

Destiny Discover connects you to the library even when you are home. Access the Torres Library Collection by clicking the button “Search the Torres Catalog.”

Search our eBook collection and our regular hardcover collection easily using this button on the website. The eBook collection is really easy to access.  Search for a title, or browse by subject or genre.  Click “Open” or “check out” and begin reading immediately from your device.

Tired of reading on screen or dealing with connectivity issues? 

Maybe you’d like a physical hardcover or paperback book. Curbside Delivery of library books is available!! It’s easy and safe:

  1. Browse the catalog for a book and click the button “HOLD.” 
  2. Your request will be processed and checked out to you.
  3. An email will be sent to your school email address telling you your books are available for pick up. Usually the same day or within a day or two if the book is on the shelves.
  4. Drive up to the front of the Torres Administration building and call 416-5909 and tell them you are picking up a library book. (You can download the PDF of the curbside pickup map)
  5. The librarian, Mrs. Thorson, will bring your library books to you. 
  6. You can also return your books at the same time.




Featured Books





March is National Women's History Month

book cover - Suffrage

Suffrage: Women's Long Battle for the Vote

by Ellen Carol Dubois

Explores the history of the women's suffrage movement, including the major leaders and activists who fought for the right to vote.

The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba

by Margartia Engle

Collects poems from Cuban-American poet Margarita Engle in which she explores women's rights with various historical viewpoints.

I am Malala

by Malala Yousafzi

Memoir of teen Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzi, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt to become an international advocate for girls' education.

Irish American Heritage

Irish Romance

The Upside of Falling Down

by Rebekah Crane

Ever since Clementine woke up in an Irish hospital with complete amnesia, self-discovery has become her mission. They tell her she's the lone survivor of a plane crash. They tell her she's lucky to be alive. But she doesn't feel lucky. She feels... lost. With the relentless Irish press and a father she may not even recognize on his way from America to take her home, Clementine assumes a new identity.

The picture of Dorian Gray and Three Stories

by Oacar Wilde

A remarkably handsome youth, Dorian Gray, meets Lord Henry Wotton and is corrupted by his influence into a life of terrible evil.

Digital Resources

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https://www.cavendishsquaredigital.com/

username: toros

password: go

A collection of practical databases, featuring student friendly and easy to use articles on a variety of topics.  Great for research and interest browsing.

This database provides information on a variety of important issues involving digital content. 

Topics:

  • Cyberbullying and Safety
  • Communication Basics
  • Social Networking
  • Privacy and Digital Ethics
  • Search and Research Skills
  • Tools for the Digital Age
  • Careers and Entrepreneurship
  • Internet Biographies
  • Gaming

https://teenhealthandwellness.com/

username: toros 

password: go

Featuring articles and self-help tools on topics like: Body Basics; Disabilities and Disorders; Diseases; Infections and Conditions; Diversity; Drugs and Alcohol; Eating Disorders: Family Life; Friendship and Dating; Green Living; Grief and Loss; Mind, Mood, and Emotions; Nutrition, Fitness, and Appearance; Safety; Sexual Health; Skills for School, Work & Life









Provides articles and video content, feature films, interactive lessons and resources.

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username: MatildaTorres

password: Toros

Bloom's Literature

A comprehensive database of resources for the Language Arts.

  • Full indexes on authors, works and characters.  
  • Videos, feature films and interviews. 
  • Resources for writing literary essays, research reports, timelines.

 

 

Classroom Video On Demand
Full length films and videos appropriate for classroom use on a variety of topics, biographies, and issues.
eBooks

Mid/High School eBook Subscription and Literary Classics eBook Collection

A collection of full length nonfiction eBooks on a variety of topics and reading levels and full eBook access to 1069 literary classics such as Frankenstein, Great Expectations, Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets, and much more.

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

A great resource to explore careers, plan your career or college education path, video interviews of professionals in a variety of fields.

Issues & Controversies

Current and ongoing events that impact our world today. These articles and videos open discussion and encourage deeper critical thinking on controversial topics such as Covid-19, Slavery Reparations, Confederate Monuments, Police Brutality and manditory vaccinations.

Learn360

Videos, games and activities on a wide range of topics, including STEM activities, social science, games, audio books and much more!

Modern World History

Articles, maps, diagrams, videos, biographies, historical controversies and modern day connections

Science Online

eLearning resources featuring modules, interactive lessons, online experiments, diagrams and data, videos, biographies and more









This database contains a huge number of copyright safe sounds, music and popular songs that can be used for any purpose. 
Great for both teachers and students creating videos and other digital content.

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Other Digital Resources





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Quick Access to ProQuest, Teaching Books and Encyclopedia Britannica

The California Digital Library supports the assembly and creative use of the world’s scholarship and knowledge for the University of California libraries and the communities they serve.

Storyline Online: The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more.

Project Gutenberg Free Online Books: Project Gutenberg was the first provider of free electronic books, or eBooks.

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources.

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) public nonprofit that was founded to build an ‘Internet library,’ with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format.  Includes audio, music, film and text archives.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service: Established in 1972, the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is a federally funded resource offering justice and drug-related information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.

The Online Books Page: Listing over 25,000 free books on the Web,” by author, title, subject, and other features, such as: “A Celebration of Women Writers,” “Banned Books Online,” “Prize Winners Online,” “Foreign Language,” and “Specialty” by subject. This site also links to extensive directories which list thousands more online books.

Library Policies

Book check out and renewal policy: 

  • All books and electronic devices must be checked out to the student at the circulation desk.
  • Up to 6 hardcover books or ebooks can be checked out for up to 3 weeks.
  • Books that have not been reserved by another student may be renewed for another 3 weeks.

Return policy: 

  • Hardcover books should be returned to the library before the date due.  
  • Ebooks will be automatically removed from the borrower’s device on the date due, or they may be returned before that date.  

Lost or Damaged Items: 

  • Any Torres High School resource that is lost or damaged beyond repair will have a fine assessed equal to the replacement cost of the item.  
  • Damaged items that can be repaired will be charged a fine of $5.00.
Digital Citizenship

When online

  • Keep private information private
  • Don’t share personal information
  • Be kind
  • Remember your digital footprint is forever.  Before you send or submit, think of your future followers.
  • You don’t own your content.  When you post something online, your information is available to access, sell, manipulate, and forward.  
  • Be on the alert to those who hack, phish, or spam your inbox or other content.
  • WiFi is available to use, but it isn’t secure.  If you are using MUSD WiFi your online activity is monitored.
  • Students may use personal devices in the library with the understanding that school guidelines for digital citizenship are observed and adhered to at all times.

Torres Library Highlights

Challenge, Engage, and Develop

Read

Research

Collaborate

We are looking forward to the day when our library is full of students!

Until then, stay safe, 
study hard, and READ – for knowledge, for inspiration, and for fun! 

Study

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